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The Internet Offers Damning Evidence Amy Schumer Stole Jokes from Three Female Comedians

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | January 20, 2016 | Comments ()

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | January 20, 2016 |


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A few months ago, Amy Schumer came under fire for allegedly stealing a bit from the late Patrice O’Neal, accusations which she denied. Those accusations were kind of flimsy, however, because it wasn’t theft of jokes so much as it was using the same premise that Patrice O’Neal used in one of his bits. Basically, the premise was: Urban Dictionary.

This new round of allegations, however, is more convincing. This week, three female stand-up comedians — Wendy Liebman, Kathleen Madigan and Tammy Pescatelli — all accused Schumer of joke theft on Twitter. They have all since deleted the tweets making the accusations, but the Interrobang collected the evidence before the deletions.

“@MrChuckMartin: So maddening. You and @kathleenmadigan should talk. https://t.co/xcCxVgFdea” wow. Finally. Get ready for a shitstorm.

— Kathleen Madigan (@kathleenmadigan) January 18, 2016

I have a split screen being released of the disgusting amount of stealing being released tomoro. im done also. Game over @WendyLiebman

— Kathleen Madigan (@kathleenmadigan) January 19, 2016

I have a split screen being released of the disgusting amount of stealing being released tomoro. im done also. Game over @WendyLiebman

— Kathleen Madigan (@kathleenmadigan) January 19, 2016

What has always been amazing to me is that she purports to be a feminist and yet only steals from other female comedians. If we call her on

— Tammy Pescatelli (@TammyPescatelli) January 19, 2016

it we are “jealous” or career shamed. Be successful. WE want you to do well, just do it will your own material.BTW she blocked me

— Tammy Pescatelli (@TammyPescatelli) January 19, 2016

Look @WendyLiebman here is my joke from my #ComedyCentral half hour ‘06 https://t.co/nEU4SCrmGA ….

— Tammy Pescatelli (@TammyPescatelli) January 19, 2016

Amy’s sketch https://t.co/uVxtn7cY6V … So many more but nobody listens…at least Cosby knocked his victims out b4 he raped them.

— Tammy Pescatelli (@TammyPescatelli) January 19, 2016

No beef. Just presenting facts of oppression and degradation https://t.co/dL3dmCr5KF

— Tammy Pescatelli (@TammyPescatelli) January 19, 2016

I tell my truth today, because I too, have a dream…… #MLKDay

— Tammy Pescatelli (@TammyPescatelli) January 19, 2016

Today, a Redditor compiled several instances of alleged joke stealing in a video, and it’s hard to dispute the evidence in some instances. Really hard.

Just watch:


Amy Schumer is a Joke Thief from joe schmo on Vimeo.

Some of those jokes could be chalked up to coincidence. Others? Maybe not.

Then again, Robin Williams was also well-known for joke stealing, and Williams — in a podcast with Marc Maron before he passed away — admitted as much, saying that he carried rolls of cash with him at times to pay comedians whose jokes he inadvertently stole. Williams blamed him (perhaps rightfully) on his frantic style, in which he’d regurgitate everything in his head, and sometimes, he’d inadvertently inhale and vomit up others’ material.

Schumer, however, is more considered and less frantic in her approach, though it’s certainly possible that the jokes wheedled their way into her brain subconsciously. I don’t know. I love Amy Schumer, but the evidence is certainly damning.


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